August 27, 2012

Excuses, Excuses

If you look at my blog history, you'll see that August was a very slow month here at Come Together Kids (like only two posts all month, yikes).  Now, I'm going to be realistic and assume that your lives got just as busy as mine did.  In fact, I'm willing to bet that most of you didn't even notice that I hadn't posted in nearly three weeks.

However, for those of you who have kids who weren't driving you nuts and who were eagerly awaiting a new post detailing a fun craft, recipe or trip...  I apologize!

You see, as much as I love my kids (and I do, I truly do), by this last month of summer vacation,  I was beat.  Being with them all day, every day, was exhausting.  I thought their toddler years were bad, but the volume of their whining and sibling squabbles has become even louder as they've grown older.  We still did some fun things, but by the end of the day, I was too tired to blog about it.

Of course, I'll admit, there were also days when we didn't do much of anything fun.  For my sanity (and their safety),  the only option was to make sure they each stayed in separate rooms.  There were no fun outings, there were no mommy and kid meals gathered around the table, and there were no cute or clever projects.  Instead, they watched way too much tv and spent hours playing video games.  They ate their lunches or dinners on paper plates in whatever room they were in.  Did I feel guilty?  Yup.  Am I going to let it bother me?  Not too much.  (They did do some reading and drawing on their own)

And then there's the state of my house.  You see, I've always loved quotes like the one below.  I wanted my kids to be happy and I didn't care if the house was a little messy.

However, after ten years of kids in the house, my house wasn't just a little messy, it was dirty and the clutter was overflowing.  Plus, there were many days this summer when the kids weren't happy, they were fighting like crazy AND my house was messy on top of it all!  So, I actually spent a good part of this past month decluttering.  I took three van loads of stuff to Goodwill and tried to get a handle on things.  The house is still messy, but I can open a closet now without needing a hard hat.

 So, it wasn't quite the August I had planned in my mind ~ either for the blog or for my kids.   However, we made it through the summer and my kids just got on the bus for their first day of school.  I'll be catching up here on the blog, so get ready for lots of new posts (many of them sharing the things we did this summer that I was too tired to blog about at the time!)

I'll leave you with one last quote from my Pinterest boards...

Because no matter how many things we do right and how many things we wish we were doing better,  I think we all can say that we love our children deeply!


  1. Oh, Laura, I can TOTALLY relate. Your followers (including myself) are glad to have you back, but all certainly understand.

  2. It's great that you put your family first.
    I'm looking forward to some of the fun things you have planned for fall. You're always coming up with such cute ideas!

  3. Your summer sounds remarkably like mine turned out. I wished mine was more fun for the kids (and myself) but we made it through. Sometimes that's all that matters. I hope the school year routine brings you peace and restores your balance.

  4. I said I'd never be the mom who was happy for school but I was ecstatic this year... My end of summer was similar! :)

  5. I can totally relate! I just started my own blog, but I have been thinking about it all summer and it has only recently been possible! Hooray for decluttering! I am all about purging!!

  6. Laura, I could have written this post ;-), though we are still in he middle of our own summer break and luckily we only have 6 weeks and not 3 months. Our kids are awesome but we are suffering from severe lack of peers at the moment. Even though the siblings often play well together despite the age difference they fight each other passionately right now. Looking forward to your next fun posts. Have a great week - maks :-)

  7. I think what you've just posted says that you are in fact a real Mum. Honestly, with all the "perfection" out there, it's nice to have someone just say it like it is. Sometimes blog land makes me feel like I'm terrible, I'm not and those pics, I'm sure are not the everyday. I love your blog, and I'm glad you're real! I hope you enjoy getting the kids off to school and back to normality.

  8. Wow, I thought I was the only one! Funny how last night when I finally sat down at my own computer to "play" I did notice that you were missing--but it took me several weeks, because I too feel I had been zapped of all energy and creativity. Thank you for saying it out loud for all of us!

  9. No, no, no. You're not supposed to admit all of that. You're supposed to tell us that you took a break from the internet for the month of August to lounge by the pool with your perfect angelic kids while sipping lemonade before your husband comes home to enjoy the gourmet meals you made each and every night, before the entire family and roasted marshmallows by the campfire in the evenings, sipping hot cocoa and smiling and laughing as you tell stories--before singing campfire songs and savoring every single solitary second with your precious children--since after all, they grow up so fast. That's what most bloggers sound like ;-)

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